'House of Cards' season 5 spoilers: Claire leaves Frank in vulnerable situation as ambition grows

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Netflix’s “House of Cards” season 4 has recently concluded and is almost a year away from lifting the curtain for the fifth season yet several theories about what will happen are already going around the web. Most of them focus on the dynamics between the fictional first couple.

Speculations emerge that First Lady Claire Underwood (Robin Wright) will resort to the rather severe move of killing her husband Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) as a radical step toward her ambition of becoming the President of the United States. She will tap Leann Harvey (Neve Campbell) for assistance.

Claire will reveal her true intent, transforming herself from being her husband’s biggest supporter to being an ambitious and dangerous rival. Being Frank’s first lady and main advisor, thus a closest ally who knows nearly all the president’s secrets, Claire will use this knowledge to her advantage. Being a lobbyist by profession, she is seasoned at flipping even the most unfortunate of situation into something beneficial to her. After all, season 4 has seen the drastic change in Claire wanting to be more powerful and influential as she has been immersed more profoundly in the workings of politics.

On the contrary, some believe that there is also the possibility of a closer and stronger bond between the first couple based on the fact that Claire has an encompassing knowledge about her husband and his secrets.

While the murder of the president by his own first lady seems extreme yet still tops the list of theories floating around the web, there are also speculations about an imminent resignation of Frank, if not impeachment which is yet another theory that the show’s followers have in mind.

Since the hiatus of the political thriller coincides with the actual election period in the United States, some viewers speculate that “House of Cards” season 5 might draw inspiration for its production from the actual elections.

Meanwhile in the actual production of the show, it was reported in January that “House of Cards” creator Beau Willimon will not return to write for season 5. His role was later passed on to Melissa James Gibson and Frank Pugliese. The pair have been on the Netflix series since 2014 and is now promoted to showrunners after Willimon’s exit.

Although there is no official announcement yet on its release, “House of Cards” season 5 is expected to premiere in the first quarter of 2017.